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  • Firetiger
    started a topic Vacation Care

    Vacation Care

    Did you ever have to leave your dane with someone else while you were away? Ever notice the amount of instuctions left for that person?

    We are going to be gone on our honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand in August for two weeks. It seems like I am writing a fricken manual for my parents! I am used to writing a manual for all the tons of exotics we have, but a dog?! This supplement, this vitamin, in case of this do that, if this happens, call this person.

    I think if I had a kid I wouldnt worry this much...

    I need to also find a trainer/dog walker nearby my parents to take her on walks a few times a week to reinforce training, since my mother had a stroke she cannot walk her.

    My poor parents are going to be drowning in not only but instructions too!

  • MileyBeans
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    We just got back from our 5 day vacation yesterday and my parents watched Miley. I left her a page of instructions and she was laughing at it, she did have it up on her fridge though. Overall Miley did well, she just got into a couple of things that she shouldn't have, but no major damage. We have eyes on her 24/7 at home, where as at my parents they didn't watch her as close. We now call my parents house the fun house and our house the boring house
    Good luck with everything!!!

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  • TuckersMomma
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    My parents actually asked for directions for Tucker when they watched him for 5 days. I'm so proud of them

    I did measure his food out in baggies for them though, I'm a dork.

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  • Firetiger
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    Originally posted by johnsondanes View Post
    he found out the hard way that it's NOT as easy as he thought and I think, appreciates all that I do a little more now. *L*
    Good! I am at 5 pages already, and Im sure I will still find more to put down. Brian thought I was crazy, but thought better than to open his mouth anymore and said "better too much than too little i guess"...

    Vica: You listed most of what you would need.
    I am leaving my mom with emergency contacts. Who to call for a ride in an emergency (she doesnt drive), who to call for general questions (breeder, trainer), the emergency vet, the walker that will be coming over.

    I also left a detailed health concern section. Since I seem to have more meds for the dogs occasional ailments than for me and Brian, it takes some explaining on the conditions it is to be given, and how much, and how often. Like buffered aspirin, diarehea relief, and simethicone (gas relief), benadryl

    ABSOLUTELY include the bloat checklist. I had to leave an note for my parents not to freak out all the time about bloat. (I dont want the dog in the vet every couple of days for a false bloat scare)

    When leaving your baby with someone who isnt usually with them, it is harder for them to determine when something is really wrong with them and they are not themselves. So maybe it would help to include the dogs normal activites and lifestyle so they can determine when they isnt feeling right.

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  • Meatos
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    Originally posted by vica View Post
    Would love to get some of the lists for reference cause the only things I can think of are his meals, his walks, his training, his bed-time, and emergency contact numbers. Thanks in advance...
    I leave my credit card number on file with the vet and with the sitter, and let the vet know the name of the person watching Scarlett while I am away.

    I also leave the hotel and cell phone numbers for every person I am with in case they can't get ahold of me.

    You've listed the biggies, but for me, the biggies are each about a page long! Once you start writing, you come up with way more stuff...all the things that you do on a daily basis without even thinking about it.

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  • vica
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    Would love to get some of the lists for reference cause the only things I can think of are his meals, his walks, his training, his bed-time, and emergency contact numbers. Thanks in advance...

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  • melisa22jo
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    Congratulations on your wedding, graduation and honeymoon - what an exciting time!! Yes, I can definately relate on the instruction books for the dogs. Luckily we have only had to leave them both just once so far. In addition to the instructions, I labeled everything...Bounce's food, Winston's food, Flexicose: Winston - 1/4 oz., Bounce - .4 tsp, etc. I tried to make it as fool proof as possible! Good luck with everything...I'm sure it will all be great!

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  • ownedby3danes
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    Well we have four dogs and we are going on an Anniversary trip at the end of August. This will be the first time since having the youngest that we have left, and my mom is going to stay at our house. I have already thought about the LIST of instructions that she will be left with. Its a little disturbing...... oh well.

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  • johnsondanes
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    I'm going to make my husband read this thread so that he can see I am NOT the only one who does this. *L* We also hire "nannies" to stay at the house when we go somewhere and I always leave about 4 or 5 pages of instructions, daily routine, emergency numbers, etc. and he gets on my case all the time.

    I just went to New York to visit family this past week and left him at home with the boys and he found out the hard way that it's NOT as easy as he thought and I think, appreciates all that I do a little more now. *L*

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  • vica
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    Congratulations on the future wedding! The honeymoon plan sounds awesome...

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  • sminturn
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    Vacation Care

    Congrats on the wedding. I have always wanted to go to Australia.

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  • joyable
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    I don't dare leave mine with anyone else. Multiply your instructions x 4, with each of mine getting their own prescription drugs and supplements, plus they're rawfed. I can't even imagine how complex that would be.

    If I can't take them with me, I don't go.......

    ETA: Best wishes on a lovely wedding and a wonderful honeymoon!!!!
    Last edited by joyable; 06-23-2009, 02:42 PM.

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  • MyDaneBaby
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    I have all my clients do a "day in the life"

    I had one client write instructions "Feed minimally as needed" (Engineer???) as his whole instructions.

    And others that write a 3 page bio. I prefer this as it helps me to follow the dogs schedule closely and follow their expectations. It also helps me when I cannot follow something, so I can discuss with the owner my work around. In most cases it's that they leash walk the dogs several times a day and I use yard play to exercise. Many of them are written in such a way that I'm left giggling for a while. Often things that get missed in my interview get remembered here. (I have a bulldog that sleeps with her sucky pig in her mouth).

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  • Gibson'sMom
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    Congrats on the wedding & honeymoon! I can totally relate to the long list of instructions. My friend always makes fun of me when she stays with Gibson. I figure it is better to have to much info rather then not enough.

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  • THCdanes
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    We do the same thing!
    We have a Pet Sitter that stays with them all the time, and the first time we left (it was only for a night) I had typed up 3 pages of instructions, etc.
    Everytime we left and our pet sitter stayed, the list got shorter and shorter though.
    We are now down to just typing up what they eat, how much, and any meds or supplements they are on.
    But this is like 2 years down the road! LOL

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